1-2-3 Come Do Some 2D Shape Activities With Me
"Funny Flamingos” are a quick, easy and super-fun “print & go” craftivity, that will help review 2D shapes in some interesting & engaging ways.
The 2D shapes included are: circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, trapezoid, rhombus, star & heart.
The packet includes patterns for the above shapes, so that children can make a “Funny Flamingo Friend.”
They turn out absolutely adorable, so I think your kiddos will really enjoy making one.
Templates come in a large, full-page size, as well as a smaller, two-on-a-page pattern.
Decide what’s most appropriate for your students.
You don’t have to, but accordion-folding the legs is a fun way to strengthen finger muscles. Your students will also enjoy the “boing-boing” effect.
Completed projects make a super-cute display. Dangle them from the ceiling as a border in your hallway. I’ve included a poster to add pizzazz.
The packet also includes 3 sets of game cards, so that students can play “Memory Match”, “I Have; Who Has?” and sorting games with them.
The 3 sets of cards feature: flamingos with a shapely body, plain shapes, plus word cards, so that you can practice a variety of standards.
I’ve also included a “Spin to Win” game, where students partner up and take turns spinning. Whatever shape they land on, they color the matching shape on their game sheet that color.
My students absolutely LOVE playing this "I Spy" game. Simply call out a shape. Students pull on their "slider" strip 'til it appears in the "window" then hold up their flamingo. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
Two graphing extensions add some additional math pratice to the packet as well.
Use the 3 photo posters of real flamingos to introduce your lesson, as well as the “What Shape is a Flamingo’s Body Most Like?” discussion poster.
Since I'm "warping" the true shape of a flamingo, as a fun way to review shapes, I thought it important to discuss this. The poster provides a nice visual.
I’ve also included a list of super-interesting links that I use as part of my introduction as well, which helps me add a bit of science in just a few minutes.
Students learn why a flamingo is pink and other interesting facts. The 2-minute clip showing 1,000s of flamingos all in one place in Africa, is quite amazing!
Today's featured FREEBIE is also a fun activity that involves 2D shapes.
It's a very versatile, "Letter H is for House" craft that you can do when you're working on a letter a day, shapes (12, 2D shapes are included.) or doing social studies & working on communities, families & neighborhoods.
Children can also practice their address by including that as well.
Add a school photo for that finishing touch. Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board too.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's been unseasonably hot this week with scorchers in the 90s, so it's a good day to design some more activities in my air-conditioned office. Wishing you a super-de-duper summer.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Pirate Activities With Me
I was excited to see that the Polly Wants A Letter Cracker packet was a very popular download this week.
I had several teachers that liked Pirate Polly so much, that Karyn from Florida, and Elaina from California, asked if I could make some crackers with numbers on them, so I designed crackers with numbers from 0-130.
"Feeding" Polly is a fun and less tedious way to practice counting that high. The mini cracker cards, are also the perfect size for for sequencing.
Make extra sets and have students lie on their tummies and string 20-30 crackers in the appropriate order.
Use them to play a game of "I Have; Who Has?" Toss whatever cracker numbers your kiddos need practice on, into a container and have students choose several.
I've included "Kaboom!" bomb crackers, to make things even more fun + a tip list of what else you can do with these number cards.
Have students sort the number crackers on the odd and even sorting mat, or make equations with the math symbol crackers, and then solve the addition and subtraction problems, or show greater and less than.
I've also included a variety of trace and write the number worksheets in the packet, as well as "What's Missing?" skip count worksheets, plus a certificate of praise.
Click on the link to view/download the Polly Wants A Number Cracker packet.
While I was expanding Polly's appetite for learning, I thought it would be fun to make shape crackers too.
Brook sent me an e-mail that's she's always looking for more 3D shape activities, so along with 2D shapes, I included 3D shapes, and even threw in the pattern block shapes.
The crackers are still square, but the "cheese" on them is shaped. Of course "Polly" loves these treats. So that you can also play a Memory Match game, as well as reinforce vocabulary, I also made crackers with shape words on them. I hope your little pirates will enjoy "feeding" Polly yummy shapes and word crackers.
As with the other Polly Packets, I've also included some extras. Students can "get in shape" by playing a variety of "I Spy" a shape worksheet games, as well as several "Shipshape" porthole dice games.
Click on the link to view/download the Polly Wants A Shape Cracker packet.
Finally, I also made a Polly Slider for a bit of hands-on fun.
This "craftivity" includes "sliders" for upper and lowercase letters, numbers 1-30, counting backwards from 10 to 0 as well as 20 to 0, plus skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's, and of course a shape slider featuring 2D shapes, pattern block shapes and 3D shapes.
Run off Polly on white construction paper and have students color her, or run the bird off on green construction paper; students trim and add a black pirate hat (there are two to choose from) as well as a 3D yellow beak.
Run off whatever "slider" you want your students to practice. They trace the letters and numbers, or color the shapes, and then insert their strip into the slits, so that the various objects will appear in a "window" as they slide the long piece of paper up and down.
I pre-cut the slits with an Exacto knife, as this sort of cutting was a bit too difficult for my Y5's to do on their own. Sliders are a quick and easy way to review and whole group assess.
Call out a shape, letter, or number and have students slide 'til it appears in the window. When they've found the correct answer, they hold up their parrot. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
Add a bit more pizzazz by attaching a wiggle eye with a glue dot. Click on the link to view/download the Pirate Polly Slider packet.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Pumpkin Stuff With Me!
Our pumpkin theme was one of my Y5's favorites. We especially enjoyed all of the fabulous pumpkin books available. I'd always introduce a theme with a selection of interesting books, many of which, my little ones asked to have read over and over again. Click on the link for a copy of my October bibliography.
Songs were also a special part of our day and a great way to get the wiggles out.
One of our favorites was Pumpkin Round and Fat. I have a huge collection of puppets that made reading and lessons extra special, so I often helped my kiddo's make a puppet-manipulative of their own.
When I Googled this poem, to get some ideas, I found a sweet Popsicle puppet idea over at Teacher Mama. This is my version: Click on the link to view/download the Jack-O-Lantern Popsicle stick puppet.
I've had several requests for some coin activities involving pumpkins, so I dreamed up an easy-reader entitled, Pumpkin Payment. Besides reinforcing the penny, nickel, dime and quarter, it also reviews all of the basic 2D shapes kiddo's are required to know, including that crazy hexagon.
Children trace and write the coin words, coin values, as well as the shape words. They trace the shape and then draw one of their own on the pumpkin. Finally, they cut and glue the appropriate coin(s) to the matching numbered boxes.
When everyone has completed their booklet, read it as a whole group to reinforce concepts of print. Click on the link to view/download the easy-reader booklet, Pumpkin Payment.
For more math extensions, with a 10-frame format, I think your students will enjoy 1-2-3 Count Pumpkins With Me.
Another quick booklet, that would work well for a Daily 5 activity is the easy-reader Pumpkin On A Vine. Students read, trace and write the simple sentences and then cut & glue the pictures to the matching numbered boxes.
Finally, Let's Count Pumpkins covers quite a few Common Core State Standards which includes an easy reader where students read, trace and write the numbers, + circle them in a sequence.
Children circle capital letters, add end punctuation to the simple sentences, + count the pumpkins in the group/set and color the puffy numbers as well.
This pumpkin math packet also includes trace and write worksheets for counting from 0 to 120, + skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's. There are 2 sets of pumkin number cards to use for sequencing, games, and making equations using the matching math symbol cards.
You can practice counting forwards and backwards with the pumpkin bookmark that is also included in the packet. Use this as a whole-group assessment tool too.
Give each child a bookmark and a candy pumpkin. Students trace the numbers. Teacher calls out a number and students put their pumpkin on that number. You can tell at a glance who is struggling and make a note of it. As a special treat, students can eat their candy pumpkin when the lesson is over. Click on the link to view/download the Let's Count Pumpkins math packet.
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1-2-3 Come Make a Pumpkin Slider With Me!
Making a hands-on craftivity, is a fun way for students to learn about, and review the basic 2D shapes and the shape words associated with them. I tried to do at least one shape activity a week with my Y5's. The more exposure they had to shapes, the better the chances of their light bulb going on, in an interesting and non-stressful way.
My "sliders" have always been extremely popular, so I wanted to make a pumpkin one with shapes. They are called sliders, because students pull(slide) their strip through slits, to reveal whatever I want to teach. Sliders are a quick and easy way to whole-group assess. Simply call out a shape and have students find it on their slider and then hold it up. You can also individually assess with a slider; the game-like activity, lessens a child's apprehension when being tested.
Here's how to make the Pumpkin Shape Slider:
Click on the link to view/download the Pumpkin Shape Slider. I also made a Pumpkin ABC-123 Slider that has different strips, so you can review: upper and lowercase letters, numbers from 0-30, skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's, as well as counting backwards from 10 to 0 and 20 to 0. Run off whatever strips you want your students to work on. Make a laminated one yourself to use as a demonstration, review, or assessment sample.
So that the strip is easily managed, students can fold the ends up. Have children TRACE the letters/numbers with two different colored highlighters in an ABAB pattern. Click on the link to view/download the ABC-123 Pumpkin Slider. There are 3 pumpkin templates to choose from: students can draw on their own face, add wiggle eyes, or use the pumpkin that has a face on it. TIP: Decorate the pumpkin on both sides and glue 2 slider strips back-to-back for double duty.
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